‘He cheated… you are nuts! You are crazy!’: Chris Russo and Stephen A. Smith clash in fiery debate over whether Barry Bonds or Yankees superstar Aaron Judge is the actual all-time home run king
- Stephen A. Smith & Chris Russo verbally set alight the First Take set Wednesday
- The 2 engaged in a fierce, hilarious debate as to who’s the best HR hitter
- It comes after Aaron Judge made history, hitting his 62nd home run on Tuesday
- Judge sits behind Barry Bonds (73), Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63) and Mark McGwire (65) for the all-time most home runs hit during a single season
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Stephen A. Smith and Chris Russo engaged in a furious debate following Aaron Judge’s history-making 62nd home run in Texas Tuesday night.
Judge now holds the American League record for many home runs hit in a single season (62), and can not add to his tally after being not noted of the Yankees’ final regular season game Wednesday.
Following the accomplishment, Russo and Smith debated if Judge was the best home run hitter of all-time given the links Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire — all ahead of Judge all-time — need to steroid use.
‘I do not give a rattling what happened and what he [Barry Bonds] was doing,’ Smith said Wednesday on ESPN’s First Take. ‘He [Bonds] is considered one of the best ever.
‘So far as I’m concerned, he’s the house run king, and so far as I’m concerned this man smacked 73 home runs in a season. You may call it what you wish.’
Russo, naturally, had a difference of opinion, taking umbrage along with his colleague’s take.
‘He cheated! Oh come on, he took the steroids ceaselessly, his head expanded! He hit 24 more home runs than he ever hit in that yr.
Aaron Judge made history, hitting his 62nd home run on Tuesday night vs. the Texas Rangers
Chris Russo exploded into histrionics during Wednesday episode of the ESPN show, First Take
‘You are nuts! You are crazy! This man [Judge] is the house run king.’
Of baseball’s holy trinity of home run hitters, only McGwire has admitted to using steroids. Despite their lack of admittance to any wrongdoing, Bonds and Sosa largely have asterisks’ next to their records,
‘What is the matter with you? Don’t you care?’ Russo screamed at Smith. ‘Oh c’mon you are nuts! Because he (Bonds) gave you a hug on the NBA Finals? And now you like Barry Bonds?!’
While appreciative of Judge’s record-setting season, Smith was intent on ensuring Bonds’ profession and identity in the game be recognized.
Barry Bonds holds the all-time record for probably the most home runs hit during a baseball season
Stephen A. Smith and Russo engaged in a fiery discussion surrounding Judge and Bonds
‘You wish to rejoice him for the only season home run record? There isn’t any asterisk next to his name, I’m down for it,’ Smith said.
‘What I’m not going to permit, is for us to walk around and act like we just summarily dismiss the greatness that Bonds placed on display for twenty years. I’m not letting it occur. There are too many individuals on this world which might be attempting to act just like the man never existed. But they reap so many advantages from Barry Bonds.
‘I’m not going to let people forget concerning the greatness of Barry Bonds when ya sat up there and exploited him and profited off him after which you wish to sit back and forget it, no!’
Smith admitted that he ‘after all’ believes Bonds used steroids during his 73-home run season in 2001 but did not anoint Judge as the perfect home run hitter of all-time.
Roger Maris Jr. (R) frolicked with Judge after he broke his father’s American League record
Smith was hellbent on ensuring people don’t forget about Bonds’ legacy inside the sport